Kansas – There’s Know Place Like Home DVD Review

Posted: April 19, 2010 by kingcrimsonprog in Music Reviews, Prog, Prog DVD, Rock DVD
Kansas - There's Know Place Like Home

Kansas - There's Know Place Like Home

I was expecting great things when I first bought `There’s Know Place Like Home,’ but the sheer quality of this DVD came as quite a surprise to me. The picture is amazing; simply brilliant with a really spectacular job in both editing and camera work which makes the DVD just so enjoyable to watch.
The sound is unbelievable; one of the best concert recordings I’ve come across, the concert boasts one of the greatest live drum sounds ever captured, with a huge `feel the air particles moving,’ kick drum sound, a clear sharp snare sound and perfectly mixed cymbals. I have a few DVDs where rock bands play with an orchestra and I honestly believe this concert implemented the idea the best, working to augment the material instead of dominating it.
The stage looks fantastic and the lighting is really impressive, giving the whole show a really epic atmosphere, appropriate during material like the `Howling at the Moon,’ section of `Magnum Opus,’ or the very grand `Miracles Out of Nowhere.’
Then on top of all that, the tracklisting is excellent, paying particular focus to the classic era; all the fan favourites are here from radio legends `Point of Know Return,’ `Dust In The Wind,’ and `Carry On Wayward Son,’ to prog masterpieces like `Song For America,’ `Cheyenne Anthem,’ and `Icarus: Borne on Wings Of Steel.’
The bands performance throughout is amazing, from the incredibly intricate drumming on the proggier numbers, to the soulful singing on the ballads Steve Walsh’s vocal performance on `The Wall,’ is pretty breathtaking and all that before even considering the violin work. Take that into account then remember there’s a top notch symphony orchestra and guest performances from Kansas veterans Kerry Livgren and Steve Morse and you can just imagine what a spectacle this 35th Anniversary gig really was.
The Bonus Track, an extended version of the classic `Down The Road,’ recorded in the soundcheck is particularly energetic and impressive.
If you enjoy concert DVDs or are a Kansas fan then you can’t afford to be without `There’s Know Place Like Home,’ in terms of performance, picture and sound this is simply one of the best DVDs out there.

*****

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